The Haas Brothers (b. 1984), Nikolai and Simon, studied stone carving and construction under their father in their hometown of Austin, TX for many years. After being approached by friends who had heard they were adept builders, Nikolai and Simon began working together on small design and construction projects. In September of 2010 they were asked to design materials for and construct a small Johnston Marklee project at Sony Studios in Los Angeles and 'The Haas Brothers' was born. In the two years since, the brothers have continued to grow their design studio and spend their time prototyping forms and experimenting with materials, surface textures and processes. Their company evolved into a multifaceted operation and has garnered international accolades for set design and props for print and video, one of a kind fashion works and their highly original furniture and object designs.
The Haas Brothers live and work in Los Angeles, California. In June 2013, R 20th Century débuts their new collection at DesignMiami/ Basel.